For more than thirty years, a consistent slide in religious leadership has
taken over the institutional Churches in America. Once upon a time their mission was preaching the gospel. Today the assignment
is to get and keep tax-exempt status. The holy grail is an IRS 501 (c) (3) non-profit tax exempt corporation. Incorporation,
of any kind, accepts the rule of the State, over an organization. Why in the world (certainly not a requirement of heaven)
would an assembly of believers consider themselves a 'trust' of the government?
The unfortunate answer is an acceptance that avoiding paying taxes is more
important than exhortation of the message. Some will say this kind of filing is but a minor matter and does not diminish from
the tasks of a ministry. They are just being realistic to the organizational methods of a modern society. Well, all the rationalization
that one can muster, will not change the reality that a church is NOT a corporation.
In a day when many charities have a suspect record, why are so many 'houses
of worship' so eager to join the accounting rush to seek deductions, exemptions and those blessed privileges of a special
The tax game is played by most. Churches have become some of the best practitioners
of building temporal temples to further their secular interests. Lest we forget, it is a choice to file for tax-exempt status,
not a requirement to service your community. The entire notion of community service is an adjunct to the main purpose of any
religious organization. Those roles may well have merit and provide valuable compassion for self help, but these are social
functions. When they take the lead, at the expense of forgetting the fundamental reason for their existence, we are left wanting.
Faith, doctrine and preaching the message is the true purpose of religion.
Denomination's vary dramatically in beliefs and emphasis, but teaching the tenants for moral behavior is central to claiming
the mantel of a theology. So why is their silence of the last several decades so deafening? Silence in the realm where they
have planted their new flag. Silence in the role of government and the policies that form the direction of the State. And
silence in any notable criticism of administrating institutions and bureaucratic personnel.
Shocked to think there may be a connection to that tax-exempt status! Only
an idiot denies the power of civil authority, but it takes a fool to willingly accept abuses of civic dominion, as the price
to avoid the tax collector. Public policies are designed for managing, controlling and directing society. At the core of all
bureaucracies is the intent to demand compliance to rules. Rules that are indirectly conceived, but universally applied. Or
so goes the theory. But what happens when those codes come into conflict with religious beliefs? And more to the point, what
actions do religious ministers take when these laws and policies, violate the very essence of their dogmas? Are their convictions
now defined in the new light of cordial relations with the secular world?
It surely seems the record reflects abandonment of purpose, for reasons less
than genuine. Persecution of religious sects has been one of the few consistencies throughout history. Examining those religious
orders who were the target of the king's wrath, usually meant that voicing the tenants of faith, conflicted with the direction
of government. Has anything changed in today's world? Few leaders of organized religion have spoken out against the New World
Order, while knowing that it is fully foretold. Their lack of resistance to the march towards TC 'totalitarian collectivism'
is the only message that we hear from their pulpits. Do you really accept that uniformity in support of the process of continuous
international intervention, is based upon understandings of faith?
The latest 'so called', just war; is another escalation into the realm of
total obedience. But the god of this assembly, is the one order that this worldwide community worships. Is this course so
marked as the way to salvation that dissent is not needed? Or has the ministry of 'secular humanism' been so successful, that
it has eliminated the gospel of traditional values from the marketplace of ideas? Belief is the reasonable expectation and
trust that the unproved is real and true. Proof is what the NWO provides. Testimony that their way, is the path of homage
for the enhanced targeting of GPS, global positioning satellites. This is the message of the privileged few, accepted by the
vast majority and ignored by the clergyman. The pastor is supposed to minister. That means enlighten the word of faith, not
perform the duties of the State. Reticence from priestly teachers is the modern sin.
Buying into the seduction of tax relief is but a symbol of a more profound
decay. The reluctance to speak out and condemn wrong behavior, false actions and destructive policies; has become epidemic.
It extends to Islamic Clerics, Jewish Rabbis and Christian Ministers. Those who have the courage to raise these issues usually
are trashed as extremists. Staying above the fray and keeping your head intact, means keeping your mouth shut. Is that the
calling that the spirit beckons?
Compromise is a way of life for most people. Arriving at consensus can have
value when intentions are virtuous. But when agreement is jealously persuaded and defended as the supreme 'Good', at the cost
of moral principle, the results will inevitably be tragic. Churches were once the basic and most respected institution in
our society. Attendance may be up, but what message are they getting? Is it any wonder why so many churches have abandoned
their congregations? People yearn for inspiration and hope. What they get in its place is a copy of the IRS form 1023. It
is the document that applies for recognition, as a worthy member for the franchise of tax-exemption. The message of the scripture
has been traded for the fluid assets of a counterfeit note. Do you forget the nature of the Philistine? The value of your
head is not worth more than that of John the Baptist. The wilderness that you roam is a range for wanderers escaping their
duty, to preach the gospel.
And we all wonder why the world seems so hopeless? The war on terror is but
an allusion and is a flight from self reflection. If your clergy has forsaken that cause, what say you?
SARTRE - November 21, 2001